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Subject: RE: Renato Canova - Arthur Lydiard Coaches Roundtable
the similarity is general and is the same as every training pyramid you've ever seen - endurance is at the bottom and is the biggest component. The differences in how both approach this is monumental.
it is not wise to generalise yet i can say generally in these two countries most of the people who run do not play rugby AFL etc - so the muscular strength thing is a myth. Lydiard himself is an exception of course and Snell was a mesomorphic animal, yet Cerutty and Elliot were not muscular people and had to develop that side of it all.
for starters it not just opening all of the blood vessels its creating new ones.
so he thinks but the fact is best aerobic pace is all about long fast running.
yet another Canova analogy, like an aerobic house which actually should just be seen as then foundations, or the chef who throws all his vegetables into the pot at the same time and expects a good meal - i would use the analogy fo a master chef making a prize winning cake over some kitchen hack throwing everything in together in that analogy. Anyway its good to hear Canova trains his athletes individually.
and he calls his system non-linear periodisation - these phases look pretty linear to me.
yet three years goes by an no more faster running ... perhaps there is a problem here with your philosphy? For example if we take your philosohpy to its natural extreme we get 100% specific training and 0% non-specific. The Soviets realised there had to be a balance
between specific and general and you clearly do not realise this.
And reduce volume of training and so miss out on aerobic capacity which falls further and further behind the athletes aerobic power. IN the end this imbalance creates - no more improvement.
This analogy worked on a 17 year old runner from HS in Florida so i bet you smart people can get it too.
Your aerobic system can be seen as a set of bellows. You know with the bag and the funnel and you pump it to blow air on a fire to increase the flames.
aerobic capacity = this bag
aerobic power = the funnel
increase aerobic capacity you increase the size of the bag
increase aerobic power and you increase the length of the funnel
-increase the bag without increasing the funnel and you find you cant push out the air any faster
-increase the funnel and not the bag and you strain yourself trying to push the air out of the bag fast enough
this last one is what Canova is doing and it leads to a strained system
the solution it to keep them in balance
ps a great Aussie coach, largely unheralded put that image in my mind some years ago - cheers to him Peter kehoe - maybe one of the sharpest MD minds i have come across
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